Tribpedia: Texas Department Of Transportation

The Texas Department of Transportation, known as TxDOT, oversees roads, railways and other transportation systems across Texas. It also plays a significant role in dealing with weather-related emergencies. In addition to building and maintaining state highways and public transportation systems, the department issues permits for heavy trucks and registers motor vehicles. 

According to its website, TxDOT employs 13,000 ...

Texas' rural roots and urban future are on a high-speed collision course

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John Stoneham walks in a field with his cows at his ranch on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Grimes County. The roughly 1,000-acre ranch is in the proposed path of a high speed rail line. If the rail is built, Stoneham could lose about 50 acres of land in the middle of his property, limiting his access to grazing pastures.
John Stoneham walks in a field with his cows at his ranch on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Grimes County. The roughly 1,000-acre ranch is in the proposed path of a high speed rail line. If the rail is built, Stoneham could lose about 50 acres of land in the middle of his property, limiting his access to grazing pastures.

A private firm's proposed Houston-Dallas bullet train would connect two of America's biggest metropolitan areas. But the 240-mile line would require a lot of country land that many Texans don't want to give up. 

A natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas is straining the area's rural roads as more than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.
A natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas is straining the area's rural roads as more than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.

With money tight, Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads

More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned.

A refinery at the end of a residential street in Corpus Christi's Hillcrest neighborhood on January 24, 2017.
A refinery at the end of a residential street in Corpus Christi's Hillcrest neighborhood on January 24, 2017.

Texas dispute with feds leaves Corpus Christi neighborhood in housing limbo

More than a year after Texas and the federal government settled a civil rights complaint from residents of the Corpus Christi neighborhood of Hillcrest, both sides are at an impasse, potentially leaving hundreds in the lurch. 

The land is sinking three-fourths of an inch every month around this abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County, and huge cracks have opened in the area. The Texas Department of Transportation paid most of the $315,000 bill to plug the well in 2009 and has spent at least $1 million fixing a nearby farm-to-market road.
The land is sinking three-fourths of an inch every month around this abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County, and huge cracks have opened in the area. The Texas Department of Transportation paid most of the $315,000 bill to plug the well in 2009 and has spent at least $1 million fixing a nearby farm-to-market road.

In West Texas, abandoned well sinks land, sucks tax dollars

Land around a West Texas roadway used to be flat. Now, it’s fissured, sinking and has cost taxpayers more than a million dollars — all because of a water well that was left unplugged. 

 

Road crews are prolific in the Midland region following the recent oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.
Road crews are prolific in the Midland region following the recent oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.

Biggest transportation battles of 2016 to continue in the new year

After Uber left Austin, state lawmakers are now poised to take up regulations of ride-hailing companies. They may also look at a high-speed rail developer's ability to use eminent domain for a Dallas-Houston bullet train.

The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.
The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.

Bullet Train Critics Hope to Stop Project in its Tracks Next Year

Texas lawmakers could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.

 

Axis deer wander on Bill Voss' 216-acre property in Grimes County. Voss added whitetail deer, zebra, peacocks and other animals to the property after purchasing it in 2015.
Axis deer wander on Bill Voss' 216-acre property in Grimes County. Voss added whitetail deer, zebra, peacocks and other animals to the property after purchasing it in 2015.

Rural Landowners May Sue TxDOT Over Toll Road Plan

Bill Voss said he is prepared to sue the Texas Department of Transportation over the agency's handling of proposed routes for a toll road that would cut across his land in Grimes County. Several frustrated neighbors may join him.

Jeff Moseley, a former member of the Texas Transportation Commission, will serve as state vice president for Texas Central, a company developing a high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas.
Jeff Moseley, a former member of the Texas Transportation Commission, will serve as state vice president for Texas Central, a company developing a high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas.

Former TxDOT Commissioner Joins Firm Developing Texas Bullet Train

Just over two weeks after announcing his resignation from the Transportation Commission, Jeff Moseley has joined the leadership of a private company developing a high-speed train project between Dallas and Houston.

Greg Abbott said boosting transportation funding would be a priority for him during his first term as governor.
Greg Abbott said boosting transportation funding would be a priority for him during his first term as governor.

Abbott Appoints Gulf States Toyota Executive to Transportation Commission

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Gulf States Toyota executive Laura Ryan to the Texas Transportation Commission on Monday. Ryan currently serves as chair of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board.

Two sample highway signs reveal the differences between Clearview, above, which Texas began using in 2004, and the traditional highway sign font, Standard Highway Alphabet, below.
Two sample highway signs reveal the differences between Clearview, above, which Texas began using in 2004, and the traditional highway sign font, Standard Highway Alphabet, below.

Font on Texas Highway Signs Set for Another Shift

The Federal Highway Administration is no longer permitting states to use an experimental font called Clearview on highway signs. Texas, one of the typeface's earliest adopters, has used it on its new highway signs since 2004.

I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.
I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.

TxDOT Planning $1.3 Billion to Relieve Worst Traffic in Texas Cities

The Texas Transportation Commission is expected to approve a $1.3 billion plan Thursday aimed to funding 14 roadway projects designed to relieve gridlock in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.
I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.

I-35 in Austin Named the Most Congested Roadway in Texas

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A new report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute named the stretch of I-35 between U.S. 290 N and SH 71 as the most congested roadway in Texas. We map the 10 most congested roadways. 

On Nov. 3, Texas voters will be asked to consider Proposition 7, a constitutional amendment created to address the state’s growing transportation needs. This photo shows traffic in Dallas.
On Nov. 3, Texas voters will be asked to consider Proposition 7, a constitutional amendment created to address the state’s growing transportation needs. This photo shows traffic in Dallas.

Texans to Decide on Transportation Funding with Prop 7

As Texas' transportation needs multiply, voters in the rapidly growing state will be asked Nov. 3 to consider a way to pay for those needs. 

Fleeing before Hurricane Rita hit land on Sept. 24, 2005, evacuees faced a separate disaster on roads like Interstate 10. The chaotic evacuation contributed to more deaths than the storm itself. Officials say they are better prepared for the next evacuation.
Fleeing before Hurricane Rita hit land on Sept. 24, 2005, evacuees faced a separate disaster on roads like Interstate 10. The chaotic evacuation contributed to more deaths than the storm itself. Officials say they are better prepared for the next evacuation.

Will Another Traffic Nightmare Precede the Next Big Storm?

Before Hurricane Rita hit the Texas coast 10 years ago, there was an evacuation marked by a traffic disaster. Officials say they're prepared to avoid a similar catastrophe on the roads. This is part of our "Road From Rita" series, a collaboration with the Beaumont Enterprise.